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Are You Ready?

October 13, 2011 - Dave Hecei
Well, maybe not all new. This week, Apple has released iOS5, their latest version of mobile OS X. This new OS will work on the  iPhone 3GS and 4 (the new 4S will come with iOS5 preinstalled), the iPad and iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. As for the newest iPhone, that will be available starting tomorrow. It has already sold out online, it will also likely sell out in the  stores this weekend.

So, the question is ‘Are you ready?’ It is a simple question, but one that I think you will want to really think about. If you are ready to buy a new iPhone 4S, then you will have iOS5. If you have an older, but compatible device, then you have the option to upgrade it to iOS5.

Let us discuss what you need to get the most out of iOS5. If you just want to have the latest and greatest iOS on your device, and that’s it, then go ahead and take the plunge. If you want to get the most out of what iOS5 brings, then you might have more work ahead of you.

From everything I have read, and it is a bit confusing, iOS5 brings with it lots of new Apps, technologies, and services. The biggest of which is the new iCloud. This is Apple’s new service that will allow all your mobile and desktop devices to share all the same data. To get all of this goodness all your devices have to be able to access iCloud. This means iOS5 on your Apple mobile devices and OS X Lion (OS X 10.7) on any Macintosh you own or use. If you don’t have Lion on your Mac, this will be another upgrade to purchase. (OS X Lion is only $29.99 on the Mac App Store – your Mac needs to be running OS X Snow Leopard to access the store.)

The other problem is if you have a MobileMe account. Yes, there are a few of us that purchased and used the $99/year Apple service. If you log into the new iCloud service with your MobileMe credentials, it warns you if you want to move your account to iCloud. If you still want, or need, to use MobileMe for a while longer, this may kill it. I’m still checking into this one.

So, if I haven’t totally scared you off iOS5, then let’s go for it. The upgrade process is very simple. You just connect your device, iPhone/iPod/iPad, to your computer just as if you were going to sync it. When connected, your computer should automatically start iTunes and when iTunes recognizes your device it will check it to see what OS it has. It will then alert you saying that there is a new OS upgrade available and do you want to install it. The first thing I would do, if you have not had a chance to backup your device is to do that first. After you have a complete and current backup, then disconnect and reconnect your device to get that upgrade alert again. Now you can let iTunes upgrade your device.

Hopefully everything went well with your upgrade. There have been a few scattered reports of iOS5 headaches, but if that was limited to only 1%, then that is a significant number of users. Over the next week or two I will be moving my iPad over to iOS5 and will hopefully get more insight into what the new OS brings to the table. I am pretty excited about what I have seen online so far and am looking forward to the new iOS and Apple’s other new services.


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